Lynette Sheridan Burns is Head of the School of Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. A practicing journalist for more than 25 years, Lynette has won numerous journalism awards as well as an Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Newcastle) and The Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing.
Her research focuses on innovative approaches to teaching and since 1998 she has led three Federally-funded curriculum design projects. The most recent aims to improve the reporting of multiculturalism in Australia through developing journalists' skills in reflective practice. This pedagogical approach was the basis of her PhD and also underpins her book, Understanding Journalism, which was published in London in 2002, re-printed in New Delhi in 2003 and translated into Czech in 2005.
In 2000, she led an Asialink Foundation workshop for 12 journalism educators from developing countries. Since 2000 she has been a member of the Expert Reference Group for the Federal Department of Health and Aged Care's National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy. Professor Sheridan Burns is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Australian Mosaic, a magazine produced by the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Council of Australia and is a judge in the FECCA Awards for Student Multicultural Journalism. She is a former president of the Journalism Education Association and a regular commentator on issues of media representation of social minorities.